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    Mina vs. the monsoon

    2018

    by Rukhsanna Guidroz and Debasmita Dasgupta

    "Mina loves to play soccer all year round. Nothing comes close to it. But when the monsoon arrives, Mina is stuck indoors and she can't help feeling restless and bored. Her ammi doesn't understand. The doodhwalla doesn't understand. That's when Mina decides she'll find ways of chasing away the clouds herself. In doing so, she makes an unexpected discovery. Soccer will never be the same again for Mina! In a charming story that any kid who loves a sport will relate to, soccer-mad Mina tries just about any trick to stop the monsoon clouds from raining on her game. In doing so, she shows us glimpses of her life in a village in eastern India, highlighting the important role played by monsoon rains in this part of the world. The heart of the story, however, is the bond forged between a mother and her daughter on a gray, gloomy day."--Publisher website

    Any Child

    Brave with beauty

    2019

    by Maxine Rose Schur

    This is the extraordinary story of Queen Goharshad, a 15th-century monarch, who many historians now believe was the one of the most powerful women in world history. Ruling from the Timurid artistic and cultural center of Herat in western Afghanistan, Queen Goharshad ushered in a remarkable period when poetry, music, calligraphy, painting, and the sciences flourished as never before. A poet and an architect, she designed some of the most beautiful structures ever built on earth. --publisher

    Biography

    Ambadas’s dancing brush

    2018

    by Ritu Khoda, Vanita Pai and Rupal Vaidya

    Ambadas Khobragade felt utterly free while doodling and painting. His Dancing Brush made time and space, sky and earth quiver with movement. He was like a mystic in a trance when he played with colours on the canvas. Come, immerse yourself in Ambadas’s vibrant art. Let his story remind you that some childhood memories remain with you as powerful sources of inspiration. Allow your paintbrush to dance without any rules, as you try out the exercises in the book. --from publisher

    Biography Informational

    The Divali story

    2018

    by Anita Ganeri and Carole Gray

    Anita Ganeri retells the traditional stories of world religion festivals with her usual sensitivity and gift for drawing children into the narrative. Exquisite watercolour illustrations breath warmth and life into the story. Suggestions for activities are included in every book, as well as special recipes that children will enjoy trying out. The Hindu festival of Divali celebrates the goddess Lakshmi and the victory of good over evil and light over darkness and is celebrated in October.

    Beautiful Life

    Thread of love

    2018

    by Kabir Sehgal, Surishtha Sehgal and Zara Gonzalez Hoang

    "It's time for the Indian festival of Raksha Bandhan, the celebration of the special lifelong relationship shared by brothers and sisters everywhere. Join two sisters as they lovingly make rakhi--thread bracelets adorned with beads, sequins, sparkles, and tassels--for their brother. And then see their brother present them with toys and sweets and special gifts! Three siblings enjoy the Indian festival of Raksha Bandhan, a celebration of the special relationship between brothers and sisters, in this reinterpretation of the song Frère Jacques. New York Times bestselling authors Surishtha and Kabir Sehgals' irresistible text, set to the tune of the classic song Frère Jacques (Are You Sleeping), will have little ones singing along while they learn about Indian culture. And the vibrant illustrations by Zara Gonzalez Hoang will have readers wishing they could step right into the characters' colorful crafting world" --|cProvided by Amazon

    Beautiful Life

    Jaipur jamboree

    2015

    by Kala Sambasivan

    "The beautiful city of Jaipur is rejoicing. The Maharajah and his people, all dressed in their best, are getting ready to welcome the Emir from faraway Dubai. But behind all the music, dancing and gaiety, there is something very strange going on ... Why is a runaway camel stalking the royal guest in and around the forts and palaces of Jaipur? Why is he being helped by an odd bunch of friends - a faithful donkey, a chatty parrot, two resourceful monkeys and one smart little boy? And who is that mysterious man following them with a very grumpy expression on his face?" --Amazon

    Beautiful Life

    India (On the Way to School)

    2019

    by Anna Obiols and Subi

    India is waking up to a beautiful day. Ramjed and his favorite monkey, Gigi, are on their way to school. What wonders will they see along the way? Readers of this charming book will follow Ramjed and his furry friend on their morning adventure. They'll travel through a bustling marketplace, pass by a Hindu temple, and even meet an elephant. They'll also learn about food, music, games, religion, clothing, etiquette, and daily life in the beautiful country of India. Stunning illustrations will pull even reluctant readers into this endearing story. This adorable book will entertain readers while introducing them to the vibrant culture of India.

    Beautiful Life

    Bye, bye, Motabhai!

    2013

    by Kala Sambasivan

    Pavan, an over-worked camel in the city of Ahmedabad, India, hates his job. He often dreams of being a racing camel in Dubai. But hitched to a heavy vegetable cart and with his owner Motabhai around, how is this possible? One day, Pavan finds a way to escape with a little help from some kind-hearted children. He makes a mad dash through the city along with Bijilee, a dhobi's donkey whom he befriends on the way. Can you imagine the riot that this pair causes in the narrow, bustling streets of old Ahmedabad, as they race past its historic monuments, with Motabhai, an auto-driver, a policeman and a washerwoman hot on their trail?

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